Listen up Aussie music fans because something brand new, fresh and sensational is about to land. Brisbane prog rock band Fox Ache has just released their debut album Far Canal… and it is an absolute ripper.
“We all went to school together,” says Fox Ache’s guitarist Toby Smythe. “Myself, the bassist and the drummer had been friends for a long time and we had played together in bands on and off in high school but we had always been missing a very important ingredient – a decent singer. Christian lived with Cody and myself and he was just like a video-game playing hermit and he was just like ‘I’ll sing for you’ and we were like ‘hell yeah.’” He also plays flute which gives us a bit of extra awesomeness as well.”
That leads me to ask the band’s drummer Liam a little bit about the band’s unique sound has developed over the years. “We’ve all got such different musical tastes,” he says. “Back in Year 10 some of us were really into Tool and then our bassist Cody showed us Opeth so then we all got into Opeth and then I started to get into some Australian progressive music like Karnivool and Cog and Dead Letter Circus and then we all kind of just started to go down this weird progressive rock train and now here we are.”
“We’ve waited such a long time for this,” says Liam when we talk about whether they are nervous or excited about Far Canal finally being released. “We are just so excited about being able to get our music out there and to places where we have never physically played. I have no idea what the response is going to be like because we have been sitting on these songs and writing these songs for so long that we are genuinely at point where we really don’t know how people are going to react to it. We don’t really know whether people are going to love it or whether they will just be like meh… but we are really keen to get it out.”